Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Seven hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network received recognition for providing a high level of stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the 2018 “Get With The Guidelines” awards.
Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Summit campus) in Oakland, California Pacific Medical Center, (Pacific campus) in San Francisco, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To attain this recognition, hospitals achieved or exceeded performance-focused target indicators set forth by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
“Our care teams work closely together, using evidence-based clinical practices, so our patients receive safe, high-quality care and exceptional service,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “Our goal of continuous improvement helps drive and strengthen our integrated health care network.”
The Sutter hospitals honored also earned a Target Stroke Honor Roll recognition—with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital receiving Elite Plus Honor Roll status. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are pleased to recognize these Sutter hospitals for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.
Each of the honored hospitals are designated by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers and serve as a resource available to patients needing stroke-related services.